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Southern Comfort (1981)

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During a routine exercise, a team of National Guards are threatened by angry and violent locals.

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Walter Hill

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Carradine ... Spencer
Powers Boothe ... Hardin
Fred Ward ... Reece
Franklyn Seales ... Simms
T.K. Carter ... Cribbs
Lewis Smith ... Stuckey
Les Lannom ... Casper
Peter Coyote ... Poole
Alan Autry ... Bowden (as Carlos Brown)
Brion James ... Trapper
Sonny Landham ... Hunter
Allan Graf ... Hunter
Ned Dowd ... Hunter
Rob Ryder Rob Ryder ... Hunter
Greg Guirard Greg Guirard ... Cajun Couple
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Storyline

A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live ammunition and in a strange country, their experience begins to mirror the Vietnam experience. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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It's the land of hospitality... unless you don't belong there. See more »

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Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Switzerland | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Prey See more »

Filming Locations:

Caddo Lake, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$116,943, 27 September 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Writer-director Walter Hill later said he was "always amazed" by the reception to the film: "The American reception was a real kind of nothing. But it was very nicely received around the world." He added that the movie "didn't make a fucking nickel anywhere. Foreign domestic, anything . . . I was proud of the film . . . But I was disappointed in the lack of response. It was a universal audience failure . . . Usually you can say they loved it in Japan or something. I don't think anybody loved it anywhere". See more »

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While at the "town", the Cajun Hunter, played by Sonny Landham, shoots Hardin (Powers Boothe) in the left shoulder. Spenser comes in the room and fires his M-16, drawing attention away from the Hunter trying to finish the job on Hardin. The Hunter then turns and raises his rifle to shoot Spenser, then Hardin stabs the Hunter in the groin with a knife he took from a table. After the hunter falls to the floor in pain, the camera cuts to Hardin, who is seen with the bullet wound and blood on his right shoulder. The shot was obviously reversed for some reason. See more »

Quotes

Hardin: Four of them with automatic weapons against some swamp rat. I make it even money.
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Song "Parlez-nous à Boire
Dewey Balfa
Published by Flat Town Music Co.
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Noisy action and grisly violence on sensational outdoors from swamps of Louisiana
3 December 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

An unit of National Guardsmen commanded by officer(Peter Coyote) and various soldiers(Boothe, Carradine,Fred Ward,TK Carter,Carlos Brown among others)find on weekend exercises in the swamps of Louisiana. But the maneuvers go wrong but they are marked for death when steal canoes to the local Cajuns and run afoul from the hillbillies, though one of them is trapped(Brion James). Without ammunition and in a strange and moody landscape they're surrounded by numerous dangers and risks.

This is an exciting movie containing warlike action, spectacular shootouts, disturbing thriller, and lots of violence and blood. It's an entertaining movie for action lovers and the events are happening are a parable about the Vietnam experience. Magnificent duo protagonist: Powers Boothe and Keith Carradine and enjoyable secondary casting. Excellent musical score by Ry Cooder, Hill's usual(Long riders,Crossroads,Johnny Handsome)with folk melodies. Atmospheric, appropriate cinematography by the great cameraman Andrew Laszlo(Warriors,Steets of fire). The film is well directed by Walter Hill(Hard Times,Will Bill). Hill's skillful direction is assured and firm and occasionally quite inspired . This movie was followed, by his biggest hit to date, ¨ 48 hours¨ and with a sequel¨ Another 48 hours¨ . Since then, his movies have not made huge amounts at the box-office, though the best of them ¨ Streets of fire,Extreme prejudice,Geronimo¨ retain a certain primitive drive strangely to be found elsewhere . Rating : Good and well worth watching.


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